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Tank size
Posted by: kimmidiane ()
Date: April 15, 2012 08:05PM

I have a 60 gallon and a 46 gallon tank how many cichlids can I fit in each thanks?

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Re: Tank size
Date: April 15, 2012 08:31PM

Research what Cichlids you want first from max size to aggressiveness... I've heard about the inch per gallon rule....I have 13 Africans in my 55 gallon but i have two filters running with alot of oxygen...I maxed out right now with 13

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Re: Tank size
Posted by: tanktop ()
Date: May 05, 2012 11:42AM

Ya what he said. And the more hiding places the better.

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Re: Tank size
Posted by: Dimidiochromis ()
Date: May 05, 2012 07:34PM

Depends...on a lot of things. As the above writers have posted, depends on species, hiding places, filtration, PURPOSE, etc.

i capitalized purpose because if you want to breed, then 2 or 3 or 4 (depending on species - 1 male and 1 or more females) is your limit. If you want a community cichlid tank, then more obviously, but be aware, fish size as a matter of length is not a good measure. Here's why:

As fish (or any animal) grows, generally speaking as it doubles in length, it also doubles in width and in depth. so, for example, a tank suitable for (8) 1 inch fish, may only be suitable for (1) 2 inch fish (it doubled in length, width and height = *2*2*2)

or so... it's not an exact science,

SOOO... for your 60 gallon, about 6-10 4-inch cichlids if it's real well filtered. about 4-8 in the smaller tank.

BUT, you can add smaller (but tough) fish like cats or sharks, so it's not a "hard" rule.

Observe your fish. Get to know them. You will eventually recognize signs of overcrowding and stress.

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Re: Tank size
Posted by: JLesPaul59 ()
Date: July 18, 2012 02:43PM

To expound on what has been already said. I feel water changes is the key. Filtration definitely needs to be able to handle the load, but adequate water changes will go very far in keeping your fish happy. I agree with Dimidiochromis though, observe your fish. Very soon you will learn what is normal behavior for them and what is not. Follow your instincts!

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